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Dayton administration on defensive over Minnesota Medicaid practices

WASHINGTON — Dayton administration officials disputed congressional charges that Minnesota tried to receive and keep an undue amount of Medicaid money.

Gov. Mark Dayton
Courtesy of the Governor’s OfficeGov. Mark Dayton
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Commissioner Lucinda Jesson
MinnPost photo by James NordCommissioner Lucinda Jesson
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“It wasn’t just that it didn’t smell right,” Nienow said. “You could see the smoke throughout the Capitol, figuratively, and it got to the point where we needed to find out: Is the house on fire or not? Because I could smell it, I could see it, but where’s it coming from?”

“I don’t believe they’re going to find that it was fraud,” Abeler said. “I’ll be astonished if they come back with that.”

But their ideas for a solution to the problems fall along partisan lines. Abeler said the feds should look at the sweeping reforms propagated by Minnesota’s Republican legislative majority last session as a template for the nation. Marty has called for ending contracts with the HMOs and returning the to government-led care systems that were in place before them.

“It’s been going on for a long time,” Marty said. “I’m not nearly as interested in blame, either for the Pawlenty administration or the Dayton administration or anyone. I’m interested in fixing the problem.”

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